Hands Extended to Honduras

BGC Women partner with a  2-3 year mission project that will encourage and support ministry to women in Canada and around the world. We are committed to designating 10% of our income to support this project.

2017 - 2020 Hands Extended to Honduras:

Girl's Prison/Transition Ministry

Our three year project will assist Anna and Gordon MacKenzie in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. As our BGCC missionaries they serve with Manos Extendidas, a mission group well established in Central America. Manos Extendidas regularly visit the prison for girls, ages 12-18, and are developing plans for a transition house with job training.

This is presented as a four part project:

1. Raise money to establish a transition house

2. Send practical resources for ministering to young girls in prision

3. Grow our partnership through ministry project teams

4. Pray

1. Establishment of a transition house


Provide safe, affordable, transitional housing for teen girls coming out of prison, who have made a decision to follow Christ and have demonstrated their desire for a new life upon receiving their freedom.


We believe a firm foundation with Christ is essential for their success in life. The girls will be encouraged to develop spiritually, educationally, emotionally, socially and in areas of self-esteem, self-worth and value. They will work towards becoming self-sufficient as they learn new skills and are mentored by loving adults, serve in the church and gain work experience.

Each girl will meet regularly with a TRANSITION HOME leader to determine a plan of action while they are in jail, upon attaining their freedom and as they begin their new life, to set personal goals, and measure their goals based on agreed upon time frames.

2. Practical resources for ministering to young girls in prison:

There are limited resources or activities available to the girls. When Anna and her team visit throughout the week, they bring in books and the Bible to read, supplies for the girls to make and sell their crafts and balls for games. Your group could supply items to be taken into the prison by the visitors.

  • Crafting is therapeutic recreation: most love to draw, paint, design cards, journal, etc
  • Craft supplies such as beads and yarn are used to make jewelry and baby items (profits are used to maintain personal items in jail or are given back to their families to buy food)
  • Board and card games are enjoyed
  • Soccer, badminton and volleyball can be played in the courtyard

           Nelly with Brenda the artist: Translation: "To stand before life... We must be on our knees before God" 

If you are interested in supplying any of the above, or if you have other ideas, please contact Anna directly to discuss it with her, they minister to approx. 70 girls.

How can we send aid?

  • Send parcels with short term mission teams who have a scheduled trip. $50 will cover the additional baggage charges. Gordon can put you in contact with a group or individuals who will be visiting next.
  • Mail or courier to Anna MacKenzie as an option is being looked in to but at this point sending with travellers is the best option ….TBA

Special/Time-sensitive (Christmas) Project 

Christmas is a hard time for the girls. In the past Manos with the help of donations from others have blessed the girl’s families and the workers of the jail with food baskets. Last year we were able to make up over 80 gift bags. This year our goal is 100.

There is a local church that puts on a Christmas dinner for the families. We want to help out the families and workers so when they go home they have food for the Christmas holidays. 

Some of the girls are in jail for stealing (food for families). Christmas is hard for them without their families - and knowing their families have no food compounds their grief.   

Become a spiritual parent (penpal) to a girl in prison

Are you willing to write and pray for a girl in prison? Write a note of encouragement, including a Bible verse that is meaningful to you, something about yourself and a picture, and we will partner you with a girl in the prison. Manos Exendidas will translate the letters, and teams will transport the letters to and from Honduras. You can be a part of giving the love and hope of Jesus to girls who need encouragement. 

3. Partnership Teams

Chris Newton reports on the team that went down March 17-23, 2018:


Why go on a team?

The purpose was to build relationships with the MacKenzies and with those they serve among. Practically, we accompanied the MacKenzies through their regular visits to two preschools, girl's prison, and street/feeding ministries.

We want to see, learn and experience what God is already doing in Tegucigalpa Honduras through Manos Extendidas and through fellowship with whom God has called to Himself .... the missionaries and nationals to encourage the work, looking for sustainable ways to continue transformational work there.  We are all weak and broken 1Corinthians 1: 26-31. It's not just about projects but presence and proximity.

It's about the relationships we build as we go down to learn... the fellowship and encouragement! It's like a reconnaissance mission. ♡ We are working, serving alongside one another with nationals and missionaries and girls in daily activities moving towards long-term sustainable ministry. 

It's about God transforming lives in communities. It's not about necessarily what we have to give as a team but to learn to understand and be challenged in our thinking and motivation, humbled by that which fellow believers have in Jesus...  operating from their brokenness as Jesus provides His identity/enablement through their gifts and assets moving towards poverty alleviation. We have an incredible opportunity to humbly come alongside the work God is already doing through them by supporting them and engaging with them and journey alongside, accomplishing things we could never do as a short-term group/outsider in such a small window of time there. 

We do not want to get lost in the desire to do things, fix things. (tangible constructs evidencing what 'we' accomplished:) but to slow down...create space... fellowship... walk alongside… through the realities, the difficulties/joys of ministry... that which works... and that which doesn’t:) to come alongside in prayer, support and encouragement. Ultimately seeking/discerning how we fit in, long term.

*** Lord willing, we will take a second team down at the close of the project in 2020. 

4. Pray

Manos Extendidas hold regular meetings in juvenile prisons (separate prisons for boys and girls).  They have started up peer group sessions, English classes & other trades allowed by the government in the jails. The children in here range from 10 to 17 years (with the occasional 18+ that have been forgotten about by the system). With Manos, they are being given a second chance at life outside of gangs. They are getting their education while serving their time and learning trades to establish themselves outside of prison.

Pray that the girls in prison will desire more than what the gangs can provide for them. Pray that the Holy Spirit will use their time in prison to draw them closer to him.

Through generous donations, Manos Extendidas has a contract in place for the building a boy’s transitional home to continue education and skills while living a normal life outside of jail. Manos wants to see these boys given the opportunities for a successful future. There is currently no transitional home for girls, but through ongoing support and donations, they hope to start one as soon as possible. These kids are simply children of impoverished families that could not afford an education and had to rely on gangs to care for them so they could eat, have a place to live, and survive. Speaking with most of the girls & boys there, they wish there was another way, and with the support of Manos Extendidas, many have been able to transition from jail to entrepreneur with their own small shops, salons, and store fronts.

There are currently two possible sights of the girl’s transition house. An older 4-bedroom house and another, with 7-bedroom’s and a gated yard. The March team visited both locations and the second one especially grabbed our hearts. The owner is a believer. She invited us in, we prayed with her and sang songs and it ‘felt right’ to all of us.  Negotiations have started on the purchase one of these houses and we continue to pray. Manos is seeking the right couple to be the house parents so the girls will (for many the first time) have a model a godly relationship and positive interactions with a mother and a father figure.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide the people of Manos to a home that is large enough to house and have rooms for job skill training the girls coming out of prison, who desire to more forward in life. Pray that godly house parents will be found to live in the transition home.


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There are many more ideas and resources for ministering with Hands Extended  to the girls in prison through Anna and Gordon’s ministry please contact Chris Newton cnewton@telus.net

Photo album – please do not use these images on Facebook or other public domains w/o permission.


These teams have visited Honduras:
Shelly Tonen, Lifebridge, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

In August 2015, I was on a week-long mission trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  One of our ministry areas was visits to the girls prison.  This is a prison for girls from age 12-18.  We were told that some of the girls were in there for gang-related activity which could include anything from drugs to theft to murder.  I have to admit that I was expecting to see some very hardened girls that might scare me if I got too close!  I was blown away from my first visit.  These girls were just young girls craving attention and love.  Despite the language barrier, we sat down in the courtyard and one of them indicated that she wanted to paint my nails with some nail polish that we had brought them.  It was an activity to break the ice as we started the process of getting to know each other.  I saw her beautiful smile when she laughed and could see the little girl inside who had to grow up too fast and never really had the chance to be a little girl.  Some others of our group engaged some girls in playing soccer in the prison yard.  The next day, we brought little clay animals for them to paint and thread to make friendship bracelets and they loved it.  We brought along T-shirts and tie-dye so that they could make their own unique T-shirts.  All of these activities served as a means of building relationship, getting to know these girls, giving us a chance to show them the love of God, letting them be girls for an afternoon.  On our last day, we decided to play a game with them.  We all wrote down our favorite bible verse.  Each of the girls took a turn drawing a verse out of the hat, finding the verse in the bible and reading it aloud, and then trying to guess whose favorite verse it was.   We had no idea that this little impromptu game would turn out to be such a powerful time as it gave us a chance to share a little testimony as to why that verse was our favorite verse.  When we finished, they wanted to play the game in reverse where we had to pick their favorite verses out of a hat. 

We ended our last day there by standing in a circle, holding hands and singing worship songs.  I can't express the power of that moment.  The Holy Spirit was in that place and touching the hearts of everyone in that circle.  

I couldn't stop the tears that were pouring down my face as I prayed for these girls that I had grown to love in just 3 short days.  I did not see thieves or murderers - I saw young girls that could just as easily be a student in my high school class or a youth in our church youth group.  I believe God gave me the eyes to see them as He sees them.  He wants to give them His love, His peace, His joy and His hope for their lives.  I was so sad to leave them but so very glad knowing that Anna and Nelly are there to continue being Jesus'

Because it was a prison facility, we were very limited in the items that we could bring in to the prison and cell phones and cameras were prohibited. However, there was a prison guard there who gave us permission on the last day to take a photo but we could not include any of the girls faces.  In this picture, our mission team is standing at the foot of the stairs, and the girls are sitting on the steps so that you just see their backs.  But if you look along the railing of the stairs, you can see the tie-dye T-shirts that they had made earlier in the day.




Special Delivery Philippines: Mission Project 2014 – 2017

A word of thanks from Eva and our thanks to the women

of BGC and their community friends for embracing this project.  

Please continue to pray for and support Eva and her team.

The women of the BGCC are amazing! You have reached out and shown love to Filipino women who have needed it.  The type of equipment and Birthing Clinic you have provided are on a different level than the care that's usually given to these women.  Many of our patients are the outcasts whom the medical system treats with contempt; "You should be grateful for whatever care you get" is sometimes the attitude of the medical community towards indigent women.  Hospitals are over-crowded and not always clean, staff is over-worked, and there is little time to care for a woman's emotional needs while she is scared and in labor.

Since our new Birthing Clinic has open on December 10, 2016 we've heard many words of thanksgiving from women who are able to deliver here.  Since the BGCC Women have started supporting the Philippine Birthing Clinic three years ago by raising funds for clinic medical equipment we've been able to purchase three hospital beds with railings for the postpartum area, (see photo above)  a newborn resuscitation table, stainless instrument tray, Doppler (for monitoring the baby's heart beat), kelly pad, adult ambubag, repaired our autoclave machine (for sterilizing instruments), and purchased a doctor's stainless revolving stool for the birthing room.

Thank you for your generosity and reaching out to the women here.  May God continue to be glorified through these gifts and through the hands of our midwives.  I look forward to seeing many of you this June 2017 during our furlough.  God bless you all!”


Link to the video update.

Check out the Birthing Clinic Video (2017): https://vimeo.com/200456696


This project is an extension of a BGC Canada’s project, assisting to build the Daughters of Faith Lying In Clinic in Manila. Together BGC churches and individuals who are providing financial support to buy property in the heart of greater metro Manila and to build a community facility.

Once built the clinic will need furniture and supplies. That is where our project comes in. Eva Fast has sent us a list of the equipment needed. In the next two years we are committed to providing it for our sisters in Manila who come to the clinic for care.


Professional and friendly staff available 24 hours a day to care for the health of the Mothers and their baby. The staff includes three professional licensed midwives.

• Gerlene L. Riobuya, RM
• Saralyn A. Malubay, RM
• Eva R. Fast, CPM

The staff also includes trained doulas who provide physical and emotional support during childbirth.

Click here for a Power Point you can use in a presentation.

Check out the Birthing Clinic Video (2017): https://vimeo.com/200456696


Eva’s Update Report:

May 2016

March 22, 2016 - We got something today…..thanks so much! The mothers and babies will be so happy.

Feb. 1, 2016   Email: Subject: Re: 70 more gift bags on their way!

Wow, that's such good news!  Thank you for caring for the women in Pingkian.  They really feel blessed to have you praying for them and enjoy these baby gifts that you so lovingly prepare.  This is perfect timing because we are all out of baby packages.  This Jan. there were 25 births at the clinic!  It seems to be getting busier.  In 2015 we had 12 or more births every month.  We are encouraged that God's hand is working in Pingkian and with the Philippine Birthing Clinic Project.  He has sent us good people to help in areas we know nothing about but are constantly learning.  
I'm encouraged also that Mike has started a new bible study with the workers at the construction site and that 3 new women are coming to my bible study.

Thank you for blessing us in Pingkian!  We hope one day you can even visit :-)!    Love, Eva

Wed October 14, 2015

There is action happening on the birthing center project.  Seeing it fills me with hope!  The barracks are up and re-bar has been ordered and the plumbing plans are approved.  Now we just have to get the rest approved and it's all a go!  I can see now why God wanted us to wait.  The construction is going in a very different direction then we first planned.  Instead of hiring a construction company we are giving jobs to local people in our community.  God has blessed us with a foreman, Jerry, who loves Him and is an expert at construction.  We hope to have regular devotions and bible studies with the men building the center and are praying that God's Spirit will move and change lives.

This weekend we had two events in Pingkian.  Last Saturday we held a medical dental clinic at our house and the clinic and offered free eyeglasses.  We were able to serve over 250 people! We've started a Youth Group in our community that meets every Friday evening and is led by some youth leaders from our church.  On Sunday the Pingkian's Youth Group celebrated their first year Anniversary and had a great time celebrating. One of the members of my (Eva's) Lifegroup has started a Dance Organization in the community.  The practices start with a devotional and prayer.  Children ages 9 and up and youth are invited to join and will be present at the Kid's Net Christmas Celebration this December 12th.  God has been doing good things here that are bigger than both of us.  It's amazing and sometimes a bit overwhelming all at the same time.

Gerlene had her last chemotherapy treatment two weeks ago.  The doctor increased the last dose and she really felt the effects afterwards. She's still recovering and gets tired easily with periods of dizziness.  Gerlene will have a follow up checkup with her doctor this week sometime. We are waiting to find out the schedule for testing if the cancer is gone.  Gerlene comes to the birthing clinic about once a week. She's looking forward to being able to come back full time but we're not sure when that might be yet.

Thank you so much for all the support we've felt from you about our work in the Philippines.  It means so much to us; your prayers, questions and helping to raise awareness about what is happening here.  We couldn't do this without you.

God bless you as we "go on our way as Christ's optimists".  Love, Eva

Sept. 5th 2014 – New Equipment! Thank you to the BGCC Women who have been supporting the Philippine Birthing Center Equipment Project financially and through prayer. Because of this project we have been able to purchase so far a stainless steel equipment tray for the delivery room and an emergency Doppler (as our other two Dopplers decided to break down at the same time). The Dopplers are so important as they allow us to intermittently monitor the baby’s heart beat and provide early detection of problems with the baby during labor and delivery. The women in our area are truly blessed through your efforts and love. (read more…)

2. Ideas to promote ‘Special Delivery’ in your church:

Are you looking for a ‘hands on’ project? Eva says “The new Mom’s love to receive a small layette gift from the women in Canada.”  She suggests a Receiving Blanket, a small short sleeve Onesie, a pair of socks and a Hat (the hat can be cotton or knitted with lightweight baby wool) in a Ziploc bag. Parcels can be sent to Eva Fast: waiting for an address and instructions

A translated Greeting for a gift tag: click here

Parcels can be sent by mail or through a shipping company- :

Send to: M Fast
3 – F MMBC Building
670 EDSA, Cubao
Q.C., Philippines 1109

The Fast’s contact numbers for the parcel are:

Home: +632-455-0514


Please send in ideas and pictures when you have an event and we will post them, contact us here.

Calvary, Coquitlam: At our Fall retreat we present the latest BGC WM Missions Project on Friday evening, we make it as exciting as we can, showing pictures and telling stories. We give everyone 1 gift draw ticket in their welcome packet and on Saturday afternoon we have a prize draw of donated ‘secret gift’ bags. We don’t sell the tickets, we leave out a donation box…the donations always exceed what ticket sales would be. The MC makes a big production of the draw with our very own ‘Vanna White’ handing out the prizes. The women end up swapping gifts amid lots of laughter. We also promote the hands on project at the same time, setting a date for an assembly party and asking women to sign up for the items they want to bring for the project or to bring the completed bag. The Assembly party is a good opportunity to enjoy after-retreat fellowship and to get other women in the church involved in helping with the project. In the past, we had patterns for hats, wool and teachers available at retreat. It is a lot of fun!

Bags about to be donated


Babies in Rwanda 2012-14

Rwanda still has one of the worst maternal and infant mortality rates is Sub-Saharan Africa. Women have a lifetime risk of dying in pregnancy of 1 in 16. Babies are being lost at a rate of 1 in 5 before the age of five, mostly from preventable causes.

We believe God’s heart breaks over this. We believe that He has called us to minister in His name with a physical and spiritual ministry, just as Jesus modeled for us.

Your donations will be invested in:

  • 3 new Huntleigh Fetal Dopplers
  • 2 room dividers
  • wood for a pre natal & postpartum bed with foam mattresses
  • 1 hand washing station
  • 1 hematocrit spinner with voltage transformer
  • 1 Hemoglobinometer, and
  • materials to make a secure locking storage cabinet for supplies & charts

Another practical way to help is by sending “Mama Kits.” For more information on this contact us.

BGCC Women’s Ministries is committed to sending 10% of all our income to this project. Would you join us in praying and giving to this important ministry to women and babies in Rwanda?

You can send your financial gifts clearly marked for “WOMEN’S MINISTRIES MISSION PROJECT” to:

BGCC Women’s Ministries
#201, 8315 Davies Road NW
Edmonton, AB T6E 4N3


Missions Project 2010 – 2012: VN Project

Project Update 2013:

We are still getting letters of thanks from the pastors wives in VN.  This has been an incredible encouragement to them and we are humbled by being able to minister to these amazing women of God in this way. Project V.N. CGC 10-12 raised over $8,000.00 and through Arlene Fast’s guidance women were given chickens or a pig to provide a source of income for their families.

Project Update, June 2011:

One year remains in this two year project.  To date we have been able to financially provide funding for 12 women to begin small businesses that will help sustain their families.  Their husbands are busy pastors, travelling and preaching the gospel, while receiving little to no salary.  The women are responsible to fund the families basic needs.  This business will enable them to provide the food and care that are necessary for life and health.

Thank you letters


Missions Project 2008-2010: Bless The Baha

Women’s Mission Trip – March 26 – April 2, 2010

Six vibrant women from across Western Canada spent an exciting week serving at the “Debora House of Refuge” in Tijuana, Mexico!  Under the direction of missionary, Ruth Gollings (Converge Ministries, formerly BGC US),  the women interacted with the women and children, made crafts, cooked, organized the sewing room, sanded and painted, organized supplies, prepared the soil, planted a garden and learned a great deal about this ministry and the culture!  It was a great blessing to participate in this important ministry and see God work in big and small ways! The Canadian Women with missionary, Ruth Gollings

over $5,000.00 raised.         

Missions Project 2006-2008: Help at Home/Hermosa - Toronto

$5,000.00 raised

Missions Project 2004-2006: HIV Africa

$3,550.00 raised